November 7 - 1:52PM

Good afternoon,

This is going to be our last effort to get people to send in recipes for a recipe book we wanted to make as a fundraiser for Thanksgiving - to date we only have 8 recipes that people sent in and we need at least 20 to make a book. We also have the option to have this go toward a Christmas fundraiser, but we were hoping for Thanksgiving. If anyone wishes to send in a favorite recipe at this time, I will give it until the end of this week as a deadline. You can email or hand write your favorite recipe - it should only take a minute.

Thanks so much, Miss Deb

Happy Harvestfest!

October 28 - 5:13PM

Good afternoon to you!

Our annual Harvestfest will take place on Monday and Tuesday morning of next week. Each year, the Elementary/Middle kids prepare games and decorations to put out in the playground, and they monitor their games for the Sprouts and Seedlings. It's a child-led event and it is always very sweet. The older kids are instructed to create decorations that are about harvest or Halloween, but they aren't too "scary." They transform the play house into a "Haunted House" of sorts and they are always proud of their creations and games. This is a time when the older are able to interact and guide the younger, which is an important part of Montessori education.

We ask parents to send in harvest treats on either day for our harvest table - baked goods, fruit platters, creative fall food, hot chocolate or cider, popcorn, etc. All are welcome! The kids love to visit the harvest table to view and taste all of the goodies prepared for them. We thank you ahead of time for helping out!

Costumes will only be worn by Elementary/Middle kids - not Sprouts or Seedlings, and cannot be too scary.

Children who normally attend in the afternoon can come in the morning instead on either of those days - we don't want any of our kids to miss out on the fun!

Looking ahead into November, which will fly by, we always celebrate Thanksgiving in the Seedlings and Sprouts by making Stone Soup from the written story that describes a hungry soldier entering a town and showing the residents that if they all pitch in a little of what they have, they create a tasty community soup. Soon I will send more information on how all of you can participate in that event.

In Elementary/Middle, we make a traditional Thanksgiving meal that we all share together. A few years ago I had the Elementary/Middle kids travel to my home and we prepared and ate our Thanksgiving there. I am considering doing this again because those that were there have very fond memories of their time at my house and have asked if we can do it again. I am also trying to figure out if I did that, which day of the week would be preferable to my families to drive up my way. It is an hour's drive and it would take up most of the day. Consider this a survey, Elementary/Middle parents, and let me know your preferences or ability to drive up on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the holiday. If you prefer to have our celebration here at the school, let me know your feelings about that too. I will make my decision based upon the majority of opinions I get.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Deb

Two more announcements

October 27 - 5:54AM

Two more things:

  1. I can't believe that they are calling for possible wintry weather tomorrow! I notify all of you via an email or a text message no later than 6:30 am if there is a delay or cancellation of school. You all received a flyer from about signing up to get reminders via text when you joined. You will not receive text messages from me unless you are registered on that site. To join the "All Students" category, you would text @fogfam to 81010. If you wish to sign up for the individual classes for other possible notifications and you do not have your flyer anymore, just email me and I will get a flyer out to you.

  2. Also, with this colder weather now upon us, please send in new changes of clothing for your child that is warmer and we will switch out and return any other clothing that we keep here in case of accidents, etc.

Have a great day! Miss Deb

Baby, it's cold outside!

October 27 - 5:53AM

Good morning!

I was going to write this last week, but we seemed to turn back into summer, so now I can write this!

Now that the days are cooling off quite quickly, especially in the mornings, please make sure that your child comes dressed in layers! For the morning, your child should have a hat, gloves and a winter-type jacket, and as the day warms up they can change into wearing a lighter jacket or fleece that you should send in their backpacks each day. Warm shoes are a MUST! Remember, we are outside every day for a half hour minimum three times a day. Bare legs, open feet with light socks just don't cut it here at FOG. It is important that a child can come packed to the hilt with clothing and then shed layers as the days warm up.

Also, check out the latest local DIRT Magazine - I wrote an article about our theme and it got in! They had to shrink it down a bit due to space considerations, but it still turned out okay. Charles and Kelsey from our Uppers class are now famous, since they printed that photo out of many I sent in!

Have a lovely day!

Miss Deb

A Few Notes

October 6 - 2:21PM

Good afternoon on this sunny day!

I would first like to thank Miss Liz and her dad, Dennis, for hosting us at their farm yesterday. It was a delightful visit and the kids completely enjoyed being able to pick and eat the veggies right where they grew! I'm sure the sensorial experience overshadowed all explanations, but that in itself is priceless and valuable learning for all. I know the older kids retained some good knowledge because they wrote about it in their journals in the afternoon. I hope you all go there to try their delicious, truly organic produce that is VERY reasonably priced! As soon as I get a quiet moment I will post the trip on our Facebook page, which, by the way is where we post all of our pictures of goings on in our school. So if you haven't gone to our Facebook page yet, go see what fun things we do here at FOG!

Also, the fall is speeding by so fast I forgot to mention to my Elementary/Middle parents that all next week is Archaeology Week! We are closed on Monday, but every day after that (with the exception of Thursday morning when we go apple picking), the kids will be getting real dirty! Send them in clothes they can get dirty in, with STURDY shoes. NO sandals, crocs, flip flops, rubber boots, etc. Just good sneakers or hiking/work boots. Our resident archaeologist, Geof Purcell, will be our guide through the week as we "dig" in Ancient India.

Don't forget - NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY!

Thanks, -Miss Deb